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Definition of 'opposite'

Noun

  1. a word that expresses a meaning opposed to the meaning of another word, in which case the two words are antonyms of each other; "to him the antonym of `gay' was `depressed'"
       Synonyms: antonym opposite word
       Antonyms: synonym equivalent word
  2. a relation of direct opposition; "we thought Sue was older than Bill but just the reverse was true"
       Synonyms: reverse contrary
  3. a contestant that you are matched against
       Synonyms: opposition opponent
  4. something inverted in sequence or character or effect; "when the direct approach failed he tried the inverse"
       Synonyms: inverse

Adjective

  1. being directly across from each other; facing; "And I on the opposite shore will be, ready to ride and spread the alarm"- Longfellow; "we lived on opposite sides of the street"; "at opposite poles"
  2. of leaves etc; growing in pairs on either side of a stem; "opposite leaves"
       Synonyms: paired
       Antonyms: alternate
  3. moving or facing away from each other; "looking in opposite directions"; "they went in opposite directions"
  4. the other one of a complementary pair; "the opposite sex"; "the two chess kings are set up on squares of opposite colors"
  5. altogether different in nature or quality or significance; "the medicine's effect was opposite to that intended"; "it is said that opposite characters make a union happiest"- Charles Reade
  6. characterized by opposite extremes; completely opposed; "in diametric contradiction to his claims"; "diametrical (or opposite) points of view"; "opposite meanings"; "extreme and indefensible polar positions"
       Synonyms: diametric diametrical polar

Adverb

  1. directly facing each other; "the two photographs lay face-to-face on the table"; "lived all their lives in houses face-to-face across the street"; "they sat opposite at the table"
       Synonyms: face-to-face


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